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Preparing for the 2017 Public Company Reporting Season

Reevaluate Non-GAAP Disclosures in Light of Updated C&DIs and Other SEC Actions. As the reporting season gets underway, reviewing non-GAAP disclosure practices should remain a top priority in light of the new and updated...more

ISS and Glass Lewis Update Their Proxy Voting Guidelines for the 2017 Proxy Season

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co. (Glass Lewis) have both released updates to their respective proxy voting guidelines. This Alert provides a brief summary of the significant changes to each...more

ISS and Glass Lewis Update Their Proxy Voting Guidelines for 2017

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) and Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC (“Glass Lewis”) recently updated the guidelines they will use to inform their voting recommendations for the 2017 proxy season. The updates address...more

GAMCO Folds on Rejection of Proxy Access Nominee

As previously noted, National Fuel Gas had rejected a proxy access nominee submitted by GAMCO Asset Management Inc. because of non-conformance with National Fuel’s proxy access by-law. Many wondered what would happen next. ...more

Something To Be Thankful For: The 2017 ISS Policy Updates

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) has published its voting policy updates for the 2017 proxy season, and those involved with public company compliance can add “generally insignificant changes to ISS voting...more

US Securities and Exchange Commission Proposes Amendments to Require Use of Universal Proxy Cards

The US Securities and Exchange Commission voted to propose amendments to the proxy rules to require parties in a contested election to use universal proxy cards that would include the names of all board of director nominees....more

Proxy Advisory Firms Issue 2017 Voting Guidelines

Proxy advisory firms Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co. (Glass Lewis) recently issued updated proxy voting guidelines for the upcoming 2017 proxy season. Notable updates were issued by one or...more

SEC Proposes Universal Proxy Cards for Contested Director Elections

On October 26, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”), in 2-1 vote, proposed revisions to its proxy rules that would require registrants and dissident shareholders to use universal proxy cards naming...more

SEC Announces Proposal to Require Universal Proxy Cards in Contested Elections

The SEC (by a 2-1 vote) has proposed amendments to the proxy rules that would mandate the use of a system of universal proxy cards in contested director elections. Universal proxy cards would include the names of both company...more

(Proxy) Voting Made Easy?

The SEC recently proposed amendments to the proxy voting rules to require parties in a contested election to use universal proxy cards that would include the names of all board of director nominees. This proposed change would...more

ISS Announces Pay-for-Performance Methodology Updates for 2017

ISS announced changes to the methodology underlying its pay-for-performance models for companies in the U.S. and other markets to take effect Feb. 1, 2017. ISS will present relative evaluations of return on equity,...more

SEC Adopts Changes to Regulation D and Intrastate Offerings and Proposes Use of “Universal Proxy Cards” in Contested Director...

On Oct. 26, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted final rules increasing the threshold for offerings made under Rule 504 of Regulation D and broadening the intrastate offering exemption afforded by Rule 147. These...more

Changing Proxy Rules: SEC Proposes to Require Universal Proxy Cards

The SEC, by a two-to-one vote on October 26, 2016, proposed amendments to its proxy rules to require universal proxy cards in contested director elections at annual meetings of listed U.S. public companies. If adopted, the...more

SEC Proposes Rules for Requiring Universal Proxy Cards in Contested Director Elections

During its open meeting last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to propose amendments to the federal proxy rules to require the use of universal proxy cards for all annual or special meetings with...more

The SEC's Proposed Universal Proxy Rule: Beneficial to Shareholders or Tilting the Result toward Activist Investors?

Under current law and practice, a shareholder of a public company that is asked to vote in a contested election of directors where a slate of directors had been proposed by the company and an activist investor would likely...more

SEC Proposes to Require Universal Proxies; Adopts Final Rules to Facilitate Intrastate Offerings

On October 26, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments to the proxy rules to require parties in contested elections to use universal proxy cards that would include the names of all board of...more

SEC Proposes Universal Ballots in Contested Elections

On October 26, 2016, in a split vote, the SEC proposed the mandated use of universal ballots in contested director elections at annual meetings. The proposed rules were controversial even before they were proposed – the House...more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 20 - October 2016

With the general election now less than two weeks away, it is more apparent than ever that Americans often are sharply divided about how best to achieve certain goals, even if we agree on the goals we are trying to achieve....more

SEC Proposes Rules on Universal Proxy and Voting Options

The SEC has proposed amendments to its proxy rules that would require the use of universal proxy cards in contested director elections, and would change the rules governing disclosure of shareholder voting options and...more

The SEC’s Proposed Universal Proxy Rule: Beneficial to Shareholders or Tilting the Result toward Activist Investors?

Under current law and practice, a shareholder of a public company that is asked to vote in a contested election of directors where a slate of directors had been proposed by the company and an activist investor would likely...more

The SEC’s Universal Proxy Rulemaking: History & What to Expect

The SEC has announced it will consider proposed rules that permit the use of universal proxy cards in contested elections on October 26, 2016. The concept of a universal proxy has been on the periphery of the SEC’s...more

What Can Public Companies Learn from the ISS Policy Survey for the 2017 Proxy Season?

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) announced the results of its 2016-2017 policy survey on September 29, 2016, which included responses from 115 institutional investors, 270 corporate issuers and 17...more

Changes to the New York City Retirement Systems’ Proxy Guidelines

The New York City Retirement Systems (NYRS) recently published a major overhaul of their proxy voting policies, the first in 30 years. Released in April 2016, the “Corporate Governance Principles and Proxy Voting Guidelines”...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Latin America Edition, May 2016

US DEVELOPMENTS - SEC and NYSE/Nasdaq Developments - FAST Act Amends JOBS Act and Creates New Exemption for Resales of Restricted Securities - On 4 December 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation...more

CSA Proposes Protocols to Improve Proxy Voting Infrastructure and Vote Reconciliation Process

As the next step in its effort to improve the proxy voting infrastructure and vote reconciliation process, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) has published CSA Multilateral Staff Notice 54-304 Final Report on Review...more

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